World Series of Poker – XB – Preview

Being the latest niche sport to
wildly grow in popularity, poker is everywhere these days. Whether it’s watching
Ben Affleck get schooled in a game of No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em or watching the
pros do it right, Poker is the current “in” sport. So, it’s not surprising that
the influence is felt on the video game front with the current crop of games
coming out based on the sport. Among the Poker games being released on the XBox
is World Series of Poker. World Series of Poker has a bunch of different
tournament events not limited to Texas Hold ‘Em, as well as a bunch of licensed
pros from the tournament circuit. It even has an in depth character creation
mode. World Series Poker is shaping up to be the Poker game for the player in
all of us.

World Series of Poker has a variety
of different Poker games that you can play, with games like Seven Card Stud,
Omaha Pot Limit, Razz, High Low Split and so on. Every single play mode in the
game can be done online, as well.

While the details on the poker pros
in the game can’t quite be revealed at this point, it should be known that a
bevy of famous poker players from the tournament circuit will be making
appearances throughout the game.

When playing through World Series of
Poker, completing certain tasks within a game will give you collector’s chips.
You get these through making certain hands in a match or by attaining goals.
While the details on what you can use these special chips for are a little
scant, they do make for a nice skill-ranking system, even if you are just
testing your own abilities.

Aside from the tons of gameplay
modes, the game also has a very in depth character creation system. Based off of
the Tony Hawk’s Underground system, World Series of Poker allows you to
customize your character in many different ways, even giving them poker faces
exhibiting several different emotions.

The AI in World Series of Poker is
terribly astute, requiring you and your character to basically shape up or ship
out when it comes to poker matches. You must learn fast to stay afloat, lest you
get beat down every time. In order to win, you must do more than play a good
hand, but you must know how to read your opponent’s emotions and reactions in
order to outplay them.

World Series of Poker is a complete
game of poker, giving you a ton of different games to play, online features and
a very deep character creation system. Plus, the ability to play against the
pros of the sport is a nice touch. If you are a fan of the sport and want a
chance to hone your skills, then World Series of Poker is worth a shot.